Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it! 

Review: Vanilla Bean Vengeance by Agatha Frost

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Title: Vanilla Bean Vengeance
Author: Agatha Frost
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Series: Claire’s Candles #1
Published: February 28, 2020
Pages: ~206
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER

Claire Harris loves nothing more than crafting homemade candles. She has always dreamed of one day opening a quaint candle shop in her home village of Northash, but at thirty-five, she still can’t afford to take the risk. Stuck in a dead-end job at the local candle factory, and back living with her parents, Claire knows her life needs a shakeup.

The last place she expected change to come from was the factory itself, but when the owner is shockingly pushed to her death, Claire’s life is flipped upside down. She isn’t the only person in the village depending on the factory, so when the murder plunges the business’s future into uncertainty, Claire feels compelled to solve the crime.

With the help of her retired-detective father and closest friends, Claire uncovers a tangled web of conspiracies, cover-ups, secrets, and lies, but can she uncover the truth before her candle shop dream slips through her fingers forever?

Book 1 in the Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone. A light, cozy mystery with a candle-loving British amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a first “cozy mystery” read for me. I enjoyed it, it was light and not overly predictable. It wasn’t anything WOW-worthy but I kept wanting to read. Not a long read so I could see myself reading more Agatha Frost books in between heavier reads. I did not realize this was part of a continuing series about Claire, so I can’t wait to read book two soon (Black Cherry Betrayal.)

Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published: January 24, 2019
Pages: ~406
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: ALCOHOL/DRUG USE, ANIMAL DEATH, GUNS, MURDER, PTSD, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SELF HARM, MENTAL ILLNESS.

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.
Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.
Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
If you can stomach the incredulous character that is Miranda then it really leads up to certain key points in the story. It’s like we were made to be annoyed with her. There are some twists in the story that I was even like 🤔😳 but nothing OMG worthy. You kind of get the jist of where the story is going towards the latter 3/4 of the book. It was a great read and towards the end I couldn’t put it down just because I needed to know the ending and how everyone ended up—did they go their separate ways or still stay connected somehow?! AND there’s like a little romance thrown in too lol.

Review: Play Only For Me by R.B. O’Brien

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Title: Play Only For Me
Author: R.B. O’Brien
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance
Published: April 26, 2021
Pages: ~200
My Rating: 4/5
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Colton Masters:
I have no idea why I’m being so rude to her. She hasn’t done anything wrong to me. She seems nice actually, sweet. She’s attractive, that’s for sure, but she certainly isn’t trying to capitalize on it. A baggy sweatshirt and a pair of jeans? Maybe it’s the UGGS that get under my skin. The screaming designer label on her sweatshirt. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t stopped fantasizing about what she might look like underneath it.

Lauren Percy:
Why is he being so rude to me? He has a face that has that boy charm. Dimples, big brown eyes, sandy hair, clear skin. But as I travel to his chest, I can see this is no innocent boy. Through his white t-shirt that grips his biceps, I see the black ink of tattoos. Where I come from, I have never seen a tattoo up close and personal. His hands are calloused, his fingernails slightly bitten, and he has a slight scar on his collarbone, but it’s hard to see under the hemp choker he’s wearing. He’s sexy as hell.

Play Only For Me is a standalone New Adult Romance of two college music majors discovering themselves but ultimately discovering that true love and dreams can come with sacrifice, and that happy endings are not always one-note, scripted, already-heard songs. 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a very cute read. You can almost cut the tension with a knife while wanting to strangle Colton 😂 The book went at a good pace, a great coming of age story. Bad boy & a virgin. The ending wasn’t what I usually go for but it was good!

Review: The Sound of Love by Kyle Shoop

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Title: The Sound of Love
Author: Kyle Shoop
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Senses of Love #1
Published: January 15, 2020
Pages: ~307
My Rating: 4/5
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“I never stopped looking for you.”

Experience the compelling, heart warming romance of Charlotte and John as they rekindle their long-lost love.

Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler. However, the safety that came from their friendship was suddenly ripped apart when they got caught.

Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life.

But the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, Charlotte seeks to reignite John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying.

Would the reunited friends discover that John’s rekindled love for music also rekindled their long-awaited, and much desired, love?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I loved reading this book. Kyle is such a great author. This story takes you from a sad spot in two kids lives to such a perfect spot in their adult lives. The ending is amazing. You finish the book smiling from ear to ear. It was thee perfect feel good read!

Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~352
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL & DRUG USE, SELF HARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER, VIOLENCE

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave? 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a good read, it was really predictable which made it less than lackluster. But the unfolding of the characters and the little girl/her own things she was dealing with. Was very interesting. The neighbors were suspicious, I was suspicious, but knew the plot less than half way in.

Review: Hero by Lauren Rowe

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Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genres: Romance, Adult, Emergency Services (Firefighter)
Series: The Morgan Brothers #1
Published: March 10, 2018
Pages: ~360
My Rating: 5/5
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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS series from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 
When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul. 
She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. And I fell in love. 
But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I literally read 2-3 books A DAY multiple days a week (I have a newborn haha) and I’ve never left a review on any book until now. This book is the absolute best. I laughed, I cried, I silently screamed for joy. This was absolutely written perfectly. A perfect fairytale story ending. You knocked this one out of the park! Can’t wait to read all your other books!